MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 3,826 this week

Toward the Unknown (1956)

Approved  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  October 1956 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 344 users  
Reviews: 30 user | 5 critic

At the dawn of supersonic flight in the 1950s a group of Edwards Air Force Base experimental aircraft test pilots push themselves to the limit.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 11 May 2011
 
a list of 4543 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
 
a list of 7125 titles
created 09 Mar 2013
 
a list of 99 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 44 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Toward the Unknown (1956)

Toward the Unknown (1956) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Toward the Unknown.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Force of Arms (1951)
Romance | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

During World War II in Italy, an American sergeant and WAC lieutenant take time out for romance.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: William Holden, Nancy Olson, Frank Lovejoy
The Key (1958)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During World War II, tug boats conduct what are called salvage missions - picking up disabled ships. Not well equipped with weaponry, the tugs are sitting ducks for enemy fire. As such, the... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: William Holden, Sophia Loren, Trevor Howard
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Blacklisted in modern day WW2, a Swedish oil trader opts to assist British Allies, by means of infiltrating and surveying Nazi Germany.

Director: George Seaton
Stars: William Holden, Lilli Palmer, Hugh Griffith
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jerry McKibbon is a tough, no nonsense reporter, mentoring special prosecutor John Conroy in routing out corrupt officials in the city, which may even include Conroy's own police detective father as a suspect.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: William Holden, Edmond O'Brien, Alexis Smith
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Big time Texas Wheeler Dealer (Ivy league educated, but plays dumb) runs out of money and goes to NYC to raise 1.5 million.

Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: Lee Remick, James Garner, Phil Harris
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An aging actress refuses to admit she is too old to play the ingénue role anymore.

Director: Irving Rapper
Stars: Ginger Rogers, William Holden, Paul Douglas
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A priest (William Holden) arrives at a mission-post in China accompanied by a young native girl who has joined him along the way. His job is to relieve the existing priest (Clifton Webb), ... See full summary »

Directors: Leo McCarey, David W. Orton
Stars: William Holden, Clifton Webb, France Nuyen
Cash McCall (1960)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Cash McCall is a young and slick business man who buys failing businesses and resells them. Grant Austen's Plastics is even more of a prize to Cash, for Cash is also making a bid for ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: James Garner, Natalie Wood, Nina Foch
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

During Cyprus' war of independence against Britain, Juno, an American archeology student visiting Cyprus, is caught between the two warring sides.

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, George Chakiris, Susan Strasberg
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Landing on a small island not far from Havana, Cuba, Lt. Cmdr. Ben Staves joins a Navy scientific project engaged in finding an effective shark repellent to help save the lives of WWII ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Hopper
Stars: Victor Mature, Karen Steele, James Olson
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Robert Lomax tired of working in an office, wants to be an artist. So he moves to Hong Kong to try his hand at painting. Finding a cheap hotel he checks in, only to find it's used by ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: William Holden, Nancy Kwan, Sylvia Syms
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Greer Garson, Dana Andrews, Cameron Mitchell
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Maj. Lincoln Bond
...
Brig. Gen. Bill Banner
Virginia Leith ...
Connie Mitchell
...
Col. 'Mickey' McKee
...
Maj. Bromo Lee
...
Lt. Gen. Bryan Shelby
...
Lt. Col. Joe Craven
...
2nd Lt. Sweeney
...
Polly Craven
Bartlett Robinson ...
Senator Black
...
Hank - Bell Technical Rep.
Ralph Moody ...
Harvey Gilbert
Maura Murphy ...
Sarah McKee
Carol Kelly ...
Debbie
Edit

Storyline

USAF Major Lincoln Bond is captured, tortured and released from a POW camp in Korea. After the war he returns to the US where he is re-assigned as a test pilot at the Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base. The Air Force is testing the new experimental aircraft Gilbert XF-120 fighter. The acceptance of the new aircraft by the Air Force is dependent on successful tests designed to prove the aircraft's reliability and safety. However, when Major Bond flies the prototype he encounters a problem that points out a dangerous structural flaw. This could threaten the aircraft's acceptance by the Air Force and derail the whole project. Major Bond's commanding officer and some of his colleagues start to suspect that Major Bond is imagining things because of his mental condition dating back to his imprisonment and torture in the Korean POW camp. Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

WILLIAM HOLDEN AS A ROCKET PILOT, U.S.A. (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

October 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Einst kommt die Stunde  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Feature film debut of James Garner. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film when Bond observes General Banner crash his aircraft, it's referred to as an "F-102". In reality the hulk that Banner is pulled from is a Convair XF-92, the experimental predecessor to the F-102 Delta Dagger. See more »

Quotes

Brig. Gen. Bill Banner: [to Maj. Lincoln Bond] Even with torture, you're not the kind to crack.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Story of Esther Costello (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

The U.S. Air Force
by Robert Crawford
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excellent Period Piece
22 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film has excellent performances by Holden and some of the other actors, but the real stars are the extraordinary research airplanes of the Air Force Flight Test Center in 1955-56, when the film was made. There is superb inflight footage of the Martin XB-51 (which is painted up as the "F-120" fighter), and outstanding footage of the Bell X-2 rocket research airplane, as well as footage of the rare TF-86 (only two were made), a two-seat version of the famed F-86 Sabre jet fighter. For "real" the X-2 in 1956 reached an altitude of 126,200 feet flown by Captain Iven "Kinch" Kincheloe, and Mach 3.2 (2,196 mph) by Captain Milburn "Mel" Apt. Both were advisers on the film. Apt died in the crash of the X-2 on 27 Sept. 1956, the same flight on which he reached M = 3.2, Kincheloe was selected as lead AF pilot on the hypersonic X-15 program, but was killed in 1958 in the crash of a Lockheed F-104. Incidentally, Holden was flown in a high-performance airplane for familiarization purposes at Edwards for the film...not sure if it was a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star trainer (most likely), though there is a curious photo I have seen of him in front of the TF-86, suggesting that, possibly, he was one of the (very) few non-Sabre pilots to have flown this machine...and if he did, it is possible as well that he flew faster than Mach 1, the speed of sound, as the TF-86 could clearly do so. A great film, not to be missed.


17 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
WB Archives DVD MAJOR Disappointment gemaisack
Nicest, most understanding general ever parillamilt
I was a kid at Edwards hankpac
Just released on DVD-R TODAY!! OH JOY!! u31510
MS. LEITH....... BG43214
Favorite scene arbitrarydissent
Discuss Toward the Unknown (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?